DVLA is proposing to increase the maximum period for which it can issue a license for drivers with medical conditions from three to 10 years.
The proposed change in the law, which is currently with Parliament, was announced in a summary of responses to the DVLA’s consultation on its proposals to extend licensing periods for drivers with medical conditions.
Currently, drivers with medical conditions must renew their licences up to every three years. If the change is accepted, DVLA will be able to issue restricted licences to drivers with medical conditions for up to 10 years.
This change applies to holders of Group 1 driving licences (cars and motorcycles) where the medical condition may be suitable for a longer review period.
DVLA says that more than three quarters of drivers who reapply for their licence when their three-year licence expires are found to be fit to drive and issued with a new licence.
The agency says that issuing longer licences on a “case-by-case basis where there is no risk to road safety will reduce unnecessary burden on the driver and the doctors who need to complete forms on their behalf”.